Will Washington still spend for climate resilience?

The federal government may no longer help to slow global warming.
Will they continue to pay to prevent its damage?

Raising homes to protect from sea level rise from global warming.The US Army Corp of Engineers is proposing to raise 341 homes and businesses along the beaches and salt ponds of southern Rhode Island.

It may seem wrong to use public money to save private structures, but if we accept that federal and state funds should be used to help protect the shoreline, it seems that lifting buildings 12 to 18 feet off the ground is a lot cheaper than beach and dune restoration, or building breakwaters, levees, or hurricane barriers. Raising structures will also save money by reducing expected FEMA flood insurance payouts if they were left at ground level.

Because it's a Chinese hoax, Washington may soon shut down all efforts against the causes of global warming. Let's hope they continue to support this and other programs across the country - against flooding, drought, wildfires, health problems and more - to fight the effects of the hoax.

1 comment to Will Washington still spend for climate resilience?

  • David Stookey

    Resistance to spending taxpayer money to protect private property – which I predicted above – is turning up. A letter to the editor of a nearby paper says, “This is a total misuse of our federal tax dollars and opens the door to having taxpayers fund protecting vulnerable private structures along the entire seaboard. Can you imagine the coast?”

    But the writer does offer positive alternatives: “Our tax dollars would be better used to (a) provide low- or no-interest loans to owners or (b) purchase and demolish vulnerable structures to expand the sea barrier.”

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